Today saw the conclusion of a busy few weeks for the JRSO team. The officers carried out a “safe-crossing workshop” for the Nursery class, teaching them about the role of the lollypop lady and how to cross safely. At assembly the team announced the winners of the competitions that they set before the Easter break. They found it very difficult to choose from all of the wonderful work. Winners received a certificate and a hi-viz jacket to protect them when walking outside of school. Our JRSO team hope that all of these activities help to promote safe behaviour when out and about!
- Foundation Stage completed a “Green Cross Code Breakers” task
- KS1 completed a “Spot the Hazards” task
- KS2 designed a new school mascot for our JRSO team
Today was no ordinary day at St Mary’s, as our postponed World Book Day event was combined with a Green Day. Lots of funds were raised, in the name of our patron saint, to help finance some new seeds and planting equipment to improve the exterior of our school.
Mrs Murphy (aka Gansta Granny) and her team of assistants coordinated many great activities, including a book swap and book lottery. Well over 1,000 books have found a new home this evening, with every pupil in the school getting their hands on at least one new title.
There will be plenty of reading in Mullaghbawn over St Patrick’s weekend as a result of this joint literacy and Eco schools initiative.
Friday will be a celebration of two important elements in our school, our dedication to helping every child become a lifelong reader, and our commitment to winning a green flag for being an Eco–school.
We are combining the postponed World Book Day activities with a Green Day event.
- Children are invited to dress in green OR as a book character,
- There will be a recycled book sale from our central library stock,
- A book DROP-AND-SWAP table in the Old Nursery which parents are welcome to avail of,
- Lucky green book bags will be given in a class lottery,
- Pupils will be led by the Eco-committee in complete the BIG SPRING CLEAN,
- A £1 per child or £2 per family donation for school funds would be appreciated.
We wish everyone a Happy Saint Patrick’s Day and a relaxing time reading your book choices on Monday 19th.
Our quiz team did the school, their families and the Slieve Gullion region proud on Friday night past in The Armagh City Hotel, as they went toe-to-toe with all of the first round winners from the Newry Chapter of the Credit Union.
Having finished in joint second place behind the Abbey Grammar after twelve rounds, our team went into a tie-break with St Dallan’s. Unfortunately they fell short in the tie-break and finished in third place, but what an achievement it was to finish so far up the leaderboard with teams present all the way from Armagh to Kilkeel!
The group have worked very hard as they prepared during lunchtimes and in their own free time since winning the local heat six weeks ago. You can all be very proud of yourselves.
The next stage of the Credit Union Schools Quiz has been rescheduled to this Friday, March 9th @7pm in the Armagh City Hotel. Good luck to our P7 team who will represent Slieve Gullion in the event.
The school recently received the Eco Schools Silver Award. Well done all! Everyone will continue to work hard over the next few months as we aim to make Green Flag standard before the end of the academic school year!
It’s vital that we continue to live our schools lives by our school Eco Code.
S – Stronger
T . – Together
M – Making
A – A Difference
R – Recreating
Y’ – Your
S – Space
Unfortunately, due to the inclement weather, we have been informed that the Chapter Level of the Credit Union Quiz and the presentation of our Level 2 Allianz Cumman na mBunscol award at half-time in the Armagh V Derry NFL game have both been postponed. Both events will be rearranged and every effort will be made to contact parents today to inform them of this information. More details will be available when we return to school.
Well done to P2B who won the “Scores on the Doors” prize for this week. P5 Eco monitors have been continuing to check classrooms during breaks to see who is turning lights and Interactive Whiteboards off when they are not in use. Judging by their records, the Eco monitors determined that P2B were the most Energy-efficient class in the school this week. Hopefully we will see even more happy green faces and fewer sad green faces on doors this coming week!
Watch out, as the Eco Monitors are about!
Pictured is the award presented to St Mary’s for encouraging and inspiring young people in STEM subjects through the use of STEM ambassadors.
Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths are areas which have increasing relevance in our society and we hope to equip children with the necessary skills to pursue future careers and interests in these areas.
Ruth from “Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful” was in St Mary’s today to lead P5 in a Food Waste Workshop. Pupils discussed the issue of Food Waste in the 21st century and measures we can introduce to reduce it. This starts within our school and so P5 will soon commence a project relating to this topic. P6 and P7 also received a summary presentation in the form of a KS2 assembly.
Ruth is pictured with our Eco Committee who welcomed her to the school and thanked her for her time.